Sunday, September 21, 2014

Managing your blood sugar when you're sick

I was really sick this past week, so sick that I feel like I lost several days, if not the entire week.  It was a really bad cold, but it felt much worse than most colds I've ever had.  I suspect I had this enterovirus that has been going around lately, because of the impact it had on my breathing.

I don't know about other diabetics, but my blood sugars run crazy high when I'm sick.  Of course this is probably dependent on your type of insulin regimen.  I'm on Lantus, a fairly stable 24-hour insulin, and only take short-acting insulin when I eat, so if I skip meals it's no big deal.  Someone who takes a long-acting insulin with peaks and valleys will probably crash if they don't eat when they are supposed to.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"New" news on diet and losing weight

It's not actually a new idea that fat in foods isn't what makes people gain weight, but today NPR ran an article about the newest study to find this out.  The study compared dieters who cut fat versus dieters who cut carbs, and found those with the higher-fat, lower-carb diets actually lost more weight -- 12 pounds versus 4 pounds -- than those who ate higher-carb, lower-fat diets.

Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sign a petition to get Medicare to cover CGMs

It's been a while since I was on a continuous glucose monitor -- I've done a couple of studies through my doctor's office where I had to wear them.  They were life-changing for a diabetic, to say the least.

So when I saw this petition the other day, asking for Medicare to cover continuous glucose monitors, I signed it immediately.  I fully believe that a CGM can make a huge difference in a diabetic's overall health by helping them to better control their blood sugar.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Which came first, the high blood sugar or feeling ill?

Over the weekend I felt very sick.  My blood sugar was suddenly, inexplicably very high -- over 600 -- Friday night, and was still higher than it should have been Saturday night.  I felt awful, and canceled my plans for Sunday morning, sleeping most of the day Sunday instead.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Miss Idaho has type 1 diabetes -- and isn't afraid to show off her insulin pump!

I was thrilled to see the NPR story on Thursday about Miss Idaho, who competed in the Miss Idaho pageant with her insulin pump visible to the world.

I've always taken my shots in plain sight of everyone, despite the responses of some people who seem to think I would be embarrassed to do so, or that it's something private.  I've never agreed with either attitude, so it's encouraging to me to see a beautiful young woman, a cultural icon like this, helping to change society's opinion about such things.  I hope a lot of girls, teens, and women with type 1 diabetes are encouraged to be less ashamed or embarrassed by their condition because of Sierra Sandison.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Big results from small changes

I've been amazed lately how small changes have produced big results in my control.

About six weeks ago, a major change in my personal life caused me to change my eating habits quite a bit.  I used to eat large dinners all the time, and I found that my blood sugars were often high in the evening and the following morning.  All of that is changing now, though.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Diabetes and transparency: Can kids handle seeing diabetics check their blood sugar and take shots?

As a nanny and a babysitter, I constantly deal with the issue of whether to let kids see me taking care of my diabetes: checking my blood sugar and taking injections.

I feel like this is a touchy issue for a lot of parents, but I could be wrong about that, as I have found some parents to be much more accepting of it than I had expected.  The family I nanny for part-time is totally okay with me checking my blood sugar and taking shots in front of the kids, and has been since the very beginning (I've been taking care of those kids for two and a half years now).